Tuesday, February 19

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 6 of the class, and I've re-arranged the Quiz area in Desire2Learn so Week 6 is on top. This week's topic is the Middle East in Myth-Folklore, and in Indian Epics, Hanuman is on his way to Lanka! If you have not turned in your Week 5 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit.

Week 6 Internet assignment available NOW
. Now that Week 6 has begun, the Week 6 Internet assignment is also available. You will be reading and commenting on four different Storybook Introductions this week. You'll find detailed instructions at the Internet assignment page - that assignment is ready to go now, and will be available all week.

Storybook Stack
. As usual at the beginning of the week there are still LOTS of Storybook assignments in the stack. If you turned something in by noon on Saturday, you should have comments back from me already. If you turned something in later on Saturday or on Sunday or Monday, it is probably still in the stack. If you want to check and make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here. It is really important that you check to make sure your assignment is in the stack. Every week, it seems that at least one email is mysteriously gobbled up by the OU email system (either an email from you to me or from me to you) - and that is probably even more likely as this weekend IT was doing maintenance on various OU computer systems.

Tuesday Events on Campus
. Cocoa: The Magic Drink of Mexico - drink some Mexican hot chocolate and learn about the history of cocoa in 129 Kaufman Hall, 12:30PM  (time/location/details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

February 19: Frits Staal. Today marks the anniversary of the death of Professor Frits Staal, who died on February 19 just last year (he was born in 1930). Prof. Staal was one of the great Sanskrit scholars of the 20th century, a highly original and provocative scholar who taught for many years at the University of California at Berkeley (that is how I met him and learned of his work, although he had retired before I started taking Sanskrit classes there). You can read more about him in this obituary at the UC Berkeley website; his passing was noted in many Indian newspapers as well, such as here at the Deccan Herald and here in The Hindu, which is the source for the image below: